Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: January 2nd 2007
Goodreads Summary: Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .
Wow, I have a lot of thoughts on this book, who would have thought? I have a lot of positive and negative things to say, so let’s just dive right in.
Starting this book, I need to say, I knew it wasn’t of quality. It is filled with tropes and cliches and some parts were just downright cringey, but going into it, I knew it was going to be a little bit trashy, so I was expecting it.
One of the parts which I just wasn’t expecting was how utterly dramatic it is. Reading the drama they go through at school, it reminded me of watching Gossip Girl or watching Mean Girls, but I was honestly living for it. I was hardcore sipping that tea and I loved it. Sometimes it was a bit much, but it was really enjoyable.
Rose was just so annoying. I get it that she’s looking out for Lissa and everything, but she’s literally telling Lissa what she can and cannot do. And that just annoyed me so much how utterly controlling she was over Lissa. It somehow annoyed me to the point where I nearly DNF’d the book. I don’t know what made me change my mind, but ultimately I’m glad that I stuck it through.
For me, the story without a doubt gets 5 stars. The amount of foreshadowing that is in this book, is incredible. Like the littlest of details are important later in the book, Richelle Mead obviously followed Chekov’s gun plot tip. She created a lot of vampire species, with Strigoi and Moroi and what not, and even though there are so many, you can easily follow who’s who and what’s what. I actually wasn’t as confused as I thought I would be, it’s amazingly easy to follow.
I really enjoyed this book, it was super addicting and I couldn’t put it down. It’s interesting, it’s dramatic, it’s the perfect guilty pleasure series and it would definitely get someone out of their reading slump. I recommend this book to someone who isn’t looking for the highest of literature, but something still insanely entertaining with great world building. 🤗🤗
My favorite part is always the spoilery bit. So, let’s get into this. I know the ‘relationship’ between Rose and Dimitri was super trope filled, but it didn’t feel forced, and I was living for their sexual tension. I loved it when Rose finally realized she had this huge crush on Dimitri and instead of being like: ‘omg I have to get over it’ she fully accepted it she was all like: ‘yes boy now I have my training lesson with my hot ass mentor’ I was living for it. Omg when Victor gave them that necklace, I could not with my life.
I love Christian and Lissa together so fucking much. I love how he’s actually a brooding bad boy with a legit dramatic back story. I mean, nothing get’s more dramatic than both of your parents being Strigoi and seeing them be killed in front of you. From like point one, Lissa felt comfortable around Christian, and Christian knew her so well, and when he set that idiot on fire for her, that was the good shit. My favorite moment was at the end of the book when she gives up her whole act of being this perfect princess girl and just holds hand with the social pariah.
The biggest drama queen of this book is Mia. Jesus Christ, Lissa’s brother literally fucks her over once and she literally makes all hell break loose. I mean, the fact that she would sleep with two people just to get her will against one single person while she’s in a relationship, insane.
Another thing that’s insane? Victor. Natalie. Both of them. I think Victor was just scared of death and he took it to extremes. Like seriously, he took it waaaay too fucking far. And I felt so bad for Natalie. Yeah, she did bad things and there is no way that those could ever be excused, but she just wanted her own father to notice her. She just wanted Victor to love her, and she would have done anything. Which she did. She fucking turned into a Strigoi. I could not believe it when that happened, it’s always the ones you expect it the least from.
I am so excited for the next book in this series, I really want to see where the story goes since I just cannot get enough of it right now. It’s soooo good and addicting. 🤗🤗